Fedor Emelianenko has never turned down a fight and he isn’t about to start now. However, if the Russian is to ever face Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, there better be a strict pre-fight drug testing plan in place.
M-1 Global’s Apy Echtfeld, the company that manages MMA’s best heavyweight, recently told Mixfight.nl that Fedor would only throw down with Overeem if he passed a third-party administered drug screening prior to gametime.
This is uncharted territory of MMA as nobody has ever made such a request. Normally, the only reason a contestant would ask for their opponent to be checked prior to a bout is if they were unsure if that fighter was clean.
Although he has never tested positive for anything, there’s no question that Overeem’s “physique” has changed significantly since his days of competing in PrideFC’s talent-filled light heavyweight division just five years ago.
Today, Overeem looks like a super-human comic book character which has caused many to question how he got so ginormous. Most have speculated that Overeem fled for Japan after capturing the Strikeforce crown because there is no athletic commission to directly oversee the drug testing process, making it much easier to present a clean sample.
Overeem hasn’t been back to the U.S. since defeating Paul Buentello in November 2007 to become Strikeforce’s only heavyweight title holder.
Overeem stated last month that he really wants to fight Fedor by the end of this year. If that’s the case, he would likely have to give in to Emelianenko’s demands, especially if the scrap takes place in the Orient.
Does Fedor have the right to request that his opponent succumb to a pre-fight drug test that is above and beyond what the athletic commissions typically require?
For now, Fedor has a date with Fabricio Werdum for a Strikeforce show in May.